FACULTY & STAFF
Walter Turner currently principals and teaches 7th & 8th grades. During his 35 years of school administration and teaching Walter has served as principal and taught in several multi-teacher Seventh-day Adventist elementary and high schools nationwide. He has taught entire curriculums for grades 3 through 8 and high school Bible, Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus, and various History courses. Walter holds a master's degree in Teaching and Leadership from Walla Walla University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology from Oakwood University; and, holds administrator and professional certifications in Principalship, Elementary Education, Religion, History, and Mathematics. He has served as a school board officer for several schools and an advisory board member for several Conference Education Departments. In his spare time, he enjoys running marathons, assisting with church growth, and spending time with family and friends.
Mr. Martin began his career as band director & gym teacher at North Shore Adventist Academy in the Fall of 1983. Since then, he completed a masters degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music, and has become an award-winning educator. Steve’s instrumental versatility and writing proficiency has drawn him into composing and performing in a wide variety of styles from classical, bluegrass, Celtic, to Dixieland jazz; and in many venues such as churches, restaurants, parades, city park festivals, and as pit musician in Chicago area theaters. He has recorded music available at: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/STEVEMARTIN Fav place to visit: Disney World I love working at NSAA because I am able to pass on my passion for instrumental music, and with God's guidance, "pay forward" the gift that was passed along to me from my loving family, a gift that can bring smiles to people’s faces in a world that desperately needs something to smile about.
Hi, my name is Nilda Acosta and I have been working at North Shore for 6 years as a Secretary. My husband Jose Acosta and I have one daughter, Alondra Acosta. I have an AA degree in Management and Marketing and have many years’ experience in the manufacturing field. I served as church secretary for North Hispanic Church for 5 years and as treasurer for 6. In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with the family, reading the bible and playing board games with friends.
I have been going to North Shore SDA Church almost all my life. For the better part of that time as any adult, I have been involved in children’s activities such as Pathfinders, Adventurers, Cradle Roll, Kindergarten Sabbath School, and Vacation Bible School. After the birth of my own son, who is now grown, and these many years working with children, I decided to get another degree in Early Childhood Education. Once I finished, I waited to few years until there was a kindergarten teacher opening at the North Shore Adventist Academy because it is a wonderful school and I went here myself growing up, so it is very much like being home. Even now, it is a Christian community, a family that cares for our children and their education
I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I attended Wisconsin Academy and then went to Andrew University to obtain my BS degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading. After I started working, I spent summers at Andrews University and obtained an MA in Education. My first teaching job was in a one teacher school, grades 1-8, in Sturgeon Bay, WI (Door County) 1983-85. I came to Chicago to teach grades 1-2 at NSAA in the fall of 1985, which I taught for 11 years. During this time, I married Steve Martin and we had 2 daughters for 6 years. In the spring of 2002, I came back to teach grades 3-4, continuing for 11 years. I switched back to grades 1-2 in the fall of 2011 to the present. When I have a chance to take a quick trip, I love going back to Wisconsin or Michigan. I really enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin country and the beaches of Michigan. North Shore Adventist Academy is an amazing school! It has such a diverse population, and yet is like a little family/community in the middle of this great city of Chicago. I am so grateful to work in a school with such supportive and loving parents, teachers and church family.
Deborah Turner currently teaches 3rd & 4th grades and assists as administrative support. During her 21 years of teaching and school administration Deborah has served as principal and taught entire curriculums for grades PK4 through 8th and high school Government, Economics, and Technology in several multi-teacher Seventh-day Adventist elementary and high schools nationwide. She has also managed a high school Guidance Department and International Student Immigration Program. The first 14 years of her professional life, Deborah worked as an accountant until she felt called by God to serve alongside her husband, Walter, in education ministry. Deborah holds a master's degree in Teaching and Curriculum & Instruction from Walla Walla University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Shaw University; and, holds administrator and professional certifications in Elementary Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Accounting, and Supervisor of Instruction. She has served as a school board officer and an advisory board member for various Conference Education Departments. In her spare time, she enjoys giving Bible studies and spending times with family and friends.
I graduated from Andrew’s University with a BS in Elementary Education and from the University of Dayton with a master’s of science in Guidance counseling. My Favorite topics to teach are Language Arts, Science and Math. Favorite places to visit – I love to travel anywhere. I love to see new places and experience the culture and food. My favorite two places I have visited in the US are Seattle and Alaska. My favorite places abroad are Italy and Switzerland. I would love to visit South America. What do I like about NSAA? There is a strong sense of community here. I love that our school is really like a big family. The students in different grade levels look out for and are invested in each other’s’ lives. I love the strong music program here and the commitment of the board.